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Harry 'Sam' Fleming - 11/1/2014

Harry 'Sam' Fleming

Harry John “Sam” Fleming, 71 of Centralia passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at his home.  He was a lifetime member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Centralia, Centralia Masonic Lodge # 201, Scottish Rite, Ainad Shrine Temple and one of the original stock holders at Cernans Gun Shop in Walnut Hill. He was a Fire Fighter for many years for the Centralia Fire Department, where he later retired. Sam enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and he always would put out a helping hand for friends, neighbors and family. He most of all loved spending time with family, friends and his four legged companion, Charlie.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held November 1st, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Centralia with Dr. Ed Evans officiating. Visitation will be held November 1st, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Relay for Life, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics or to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com.

He is survived by a son, James “Jim” Fleming of Centralia; a daughter, Jana Weh and fiancé Tom Mackey  of Trenton; four grandsons: Andrew Fleming and Brady Fleming of Dix and Dustin Weh and Dylan Weh of Trenton; a step-granddaughter, Vanessa Mulvaney of Dix; an uncle Bill Beeler of Butler; special friend, Andrea Prather.

He was born on July 29, 1943 in Litchfield, son of John William Fleming and Melba Eileen (Weerts) Fleming. He married Jacqueline “Jackie” Sue (Moore) Fleming on August 7, 1964 in Mt. Vernon and she preceded him in death on February 20, 2012.

James E. 'Scooby' Scerba - 10/26/2014

James E. 'Scooby' Scerba

James E. “Scooby” Scerba, age 67, of Centralia, passed away at 6:16a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Illinois.   He worked previously at Young & Young Construction in Florida as a laborer. He lived in Centralia for past 10 years. He lived in West Palm Beach, Florida from 1980-2005.

Per Mr. Scerba wishes he will be cremated with no public services.  Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia, who is in charge of arrangements. Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Mr. Scerba  is survived by his wife; Son- Brandon James Scerba of Tennessee; 3 Daughters- Krystal Scerba of Centralia, Il; Brittani Scerba; Melanie Scerba of Centralia, Il; 4 Grandchildren and 2 Grandchildren on the way.

He was born on May 6, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Emro and Matilda Mary (Combos) Scerba. James married Lisa (Schroeter) Screba and she still survives.

Marjorie Benoist - 10/25/2014

Marjorie Benoist

Marjorie Helen Benoist Davis, 92, of Hollywood, Florida, formerly of Mount Vernon, passed away on October 14, 2014 surrounded by family. Marjorie attended Bradley University and University of Illinois. Following her college years she joined friends for adventure and travel. As young girls, her nieces idolized their Aunt for her adventurous nature. Marjorie bicycled through Europe and loved travel.  She lived and worked in Washington DC, Arizona, Hawaii, and settled in Miami Florida where she met and married Bill Davis in 1960. She later split the year living in Maggie Valley, NC and Hollywood, Fl. She loved her Illinois family and traveled to see them and welcomed them to Florida and North Carolina. Marjorie had and still has a group of girls she met throughout her travels.  On September 14th, Marjorie turned 92 surrounded by Sean, Meghan, Tom, Maureen and family.  It was such a surprise and thrill for her to have the twins home from school to celebrate.  The joy we all saw on her face will always be one of our fondest memories.  She will be missed. 

Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. until Service Time 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Funeral Service will follow at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois, with Reverend Victor Long officiating.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia, Illinois.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call(618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.


She is survived by her son, Tom Davis, wife Maureen Davis and twin grandchildren, Sean and Meghan of Hollywood, Florida.  
Other surviving family members include her Nieces and Nephew: Jeanne Grassinger and family of Shawnee, KS, Jack Benoist and family of Mt. Vernon, Il, Jane Raney and family of Mt. Vernon, Il, and Ann Benoist of Naples, Fl.  

Mrs. Davis was born on September 14, 1922 in her family home at 2003 Broadway, Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents the late Charles and Marie (Stein) Benoist, by her sister, Ardele Kinsey, her brother A. E, (Bud) Benoist and wife Shirley Benoist, nephew Jim Howie.  

Barbara Nuttall Jamison - 10/24/2014

Barbara Nuttall Jamison

Barbara Nuttall Jamison, 86, of Lawrenceville and Salem, IL died October 20, 2014 at her home.  She was a teacher in many schools throughout Lawrence County, retiring from Lawrenceville with 33 years of service.  She was a member of First Christian Church in Salem.  She and her husband loved going to the Tropicana Casino.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday October 24  at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem with Phil Martin, Minister officiating.  Visiting hours will be from 6-8:00 P.M. on Thursday at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem.  Following cremation, inurnment will take place at a public graveside service, 11:00 A.M., Monday at the Cresthaven Memorial Park, Claremont, IL.  Memorials may be made to the Donor's choice, received by the Rankin Funeral Home.

Barbara Jamison married Robert D. Jamison, September 21, 2013 in Salem and he survives.  Also surviving is Terry Imboden, her nephew and wife Terri of Bridgeport, IL, Andrea Herder, her niece and husband Roger of Oblong, IL, Priscilla Masterson, her niece and husband Tom of Custer, WA, Also nieces and nephews Cindy Leoni, and husband Ron, Sandy Dishman, Debbie Allison, and Jimmy Nuttall.  Also several great nieces and nephews.

Born May 4, 1928 in Oblong, she was the daughter of Arch and Eva (Deckard) Nuttall who preceded her in death.  

Michael Jay Peerce - 10/24/2014

Michael Jay Peerce

Michael Jay Peerce, 71 of Centralia, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  Michael Served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He worked for a law firm in Los Angeles, CA for 27 years and he worked as a Heavy Equipment operator. He enjoyed his Rock and Roll and playing lead guitar in his band.

Graveside Services for Michael J. Peerce will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. Military Honors will be accorded at the grave site by the American Legion Post 446 and V.F.W. Post 2055. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com.

He is survived by a brother, Glen Daum of New York; a sister, La Vera Warzak and husband Frank of Bonita Springs, FL; two nieces: Nancy Durham of San Antonio, TX and Sue Bartling and husband Tom of Las Vegas, NV.

Michael was born October 23, 1942 in Centralia, son of John H. Peerce and Miriam (Pair) Bushong.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Laverne Daum.

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